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‘Al-Qaeda’ kills 20 Yemen troops after leader eliminated by U.S. drone strike

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed at least 20 soldiers in attacks on two army posts in southern Yemen on Monday, a day after a wanted top militant died in an air raid, a military official said. Jihadists attacked the military posts outside the city of Zinjibar, which they have controlled since…

Afghan woman sets sights on presidency in a man’s land

Leading Afghan women’s rights champion, author, lawmaker and presidential hopeful, Fawzia Koofi, has a revealing anecdote about life as a woman in a man’s land. As she walked out of the Presidential Palace in Kabul recently, a conservative male parliamentary colleague approached her and said: “‘Ms Koofi, if you would…

French hope for change as ‘Mr. Normal’ defeats ‘President of the Rich’

François Hollande has won the presidency of France, turning the tide on a rightwards and xenophobic lurch in European politics and vowing to transform Europe’s handling of the economic crisis by fighting back against German-led austerity measures. The 57-year-old rural MP and self-styled Mr Normal, a moderate social democrat from…

European leaders endorse ‘growth pact’ following French socialist victory

By Dave Clark PARIS — France’s new president-elect won a quick early victory Sunday when other European leaders fell in behind his plan to build a new common growth strategy as soon as his rival’s defeat was confirmed. When Socialist flag-bearer Francois Hollande began his campaign there was concern in…

After electoral gains, Greek neo-Nazis warn ‘the time for fear has come’

By Will Vassilopoulos ATHENS — Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn warned rivals and reformers Sunday that “the time for fear has come” after exit polls showed them securing their entry in parliament for the first time in nearly 40 years. “The time for fear has come for those who betrayed…

Greek voters reject austerity, turn to radical parties of left and right

Governing parties backing EU-mandated austerity in Greece are on course for a major drubbing as hard-hit voters, venting their fury in elections, defected in droves, according to exit polls. In a major upset that will not be welcomed by the crisis-plagued country’s eurozone partners, the two forces that had agreed…

Tornado kills teenager in Japan

TOKYO — A tornado ripped through eastern Japan on Sunday, killing a teenager, destroying dozens of homes and cutting power to around 20,000 households. “A 14-year-old male died” as a result of the tornado, said a spokesman at the disaster headquarters of Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture, roughly 60 kilometres…

Taiwan electricity supplier’s top executive quits

TAIPEI — The head of Taiwan’s state electricity supplier has resigned after a steep hike in utility rates prompted outrage, officials said. Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) has lost TW$132.2 billion ($4.48 billion) in since 2008, according to the island’s economic ministry, and a 37 percent rise in electricity prices was…

Hollande wins France presidential election

Socialist party candidate Francois Hollande won the French presidential runoff election Sunday evening, defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in a close, contentious campaign. Hollande received 52 percent of the vote to the 48 percent garnered by the conservative Sarkozy, who conceded to his opponent an hour after projected results were in.…

Militants attack Pakistan military convoy

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — Militants attacked a Pakistani military convoy in the country’s troubled northwest on Sunday, injuring three soldiers, officials said, a day after a US drone strike killed 10 insurgents. The attack triggered a gun battle that raged for more than two hours near Miranshah, the main town in…

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